Champions for Children Honored at Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast

By Robin Webb

April 12, 2017

ATHENS, OH -April 12, 2017- Today three partner agencies, Athens Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem programs, the Athens Child Advocacy Center, and Athens County Children Services hosted a breakfast to honor community members dedicated to serving children and families. This month child advocates across the state, and the nation are celebrating Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“April is one of our favorite months here at Athens County Children Services,” said Catherine Hill, Executive Director, Athens County Children Services. “We acknowledge that our children are our future and this is the time of year we set aside to celebrate national child abuse prevention month. Our prevention month display of recycled pinwheel blossoms represents a sign of strength and hope, a sign of nearly 2000 people in the community raising a voice to put an end to child abuse and neglect in our community. The Champions for Children Breakfast is the one time of year where we can pause to celebrate the many and highlight a few outstanding Champions for Children.”

“Our intent is to bring people together, to honor one another, and to remind everyone that it takes each of us, working together, to keep the children in our communities safe”, said Jenny Stotts, Director of the CASA/Gal Program. “Whether you are a volunteer, law enforcement officer, prosecutor, judge, foster parent, community service provider, public official, social worker, teacher, grand-parent or concerned citizen – you play a critical role in protecting children”,  Stotts added.

Honored this year as Outstanding Champions for Children were Emily Prince, who works with Stuart’s Opera House, Kevin Davis, who is the Superintendent of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Laura Somers, who served for 35 years as a caseworker and then supervisor at Athens County Children Services. Other champions for children in the room were representatives from over 70 different non-profit organizations, government agencies, school districts, and law enforcement agencies.

 

 

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